Have a Heart

I’m just on my way out the door to join in a Charity Knitting Event and I’ve just about enough time to write a quick post about it.

Knit a Square and Show You Care on Valentine’s Day

Fund Raising Drive for Haiti and Heart Children Ireland
A unique fund raising drive is taking place on Sunday February 14th at the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords. Knitters, Crocheters and Stitchers from all over Dublin are coming together to create handmade blankets for children undergoing heart surgery.

And as each square created will be sponsored, the event will also support the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund. All money raised with go directly to Partners in Health, the international charity headed up in Haiti by Dublin doctor Louise Ivers.

Anyone can take part by sponsoring a participant or by generating some sponsorship and then knitting, crocheting or sewing a square – any colour, any design – measuring 6 inches by 6 inches, either at the event or in advance. The squares will be joined into blankets and donated directly to Heart Children Ireland, who gift them to cardiac patients as comfort blankets in the intensive care unit of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin following heart surgery.

The event will run all day from 10am to 6pm at the Pavilions Shopping Centre, and everyone is welcome. Some wool and knitting needles/crochet hooks will be available for use at the event. Odds and ends of wool and completed squares will be gratefully received.

Partners in Health is a global charity focused on bringing medical care to poor communities around the world. Dr Louise Ivers, from Whitehall in Dublin, has been working on the ground in Haiti for 7 years and is Clinical Director of Partners in Health in Haiti. She is currently working to alleviate the suffering of the earthquake survivors and treat the many thousands of sick and wounded Haitians.

Heart Children Ireland is a support group for parents and families of children with a Congenital Heart Disorder. Founded in 1990, it is a nationwide organisation with over 1,000 member families, and a registered charity. Over the last 19 years the group has supported countless families faced with the challenges of CHD, and has raised over
€2m for the cardiac unit in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

I’m bringing some of those oddments that I inherited from my Granny, via my Mum, a few weeks ago. I’m planning on making the squares in Tunisian Crochet. This is also so a Ravelympics event for me where each sqaure will earn me a medal in

  • Compulsory Stash Dance – use of stash over a year old
  • Charity Curling – projects for Charity; and
  • Junior Olympics – anything knit for babies & kids
  • Nordic Colourwork combined – for those I make in a few colours or
  • Single Skein Speed Skate – for squares worked in only one skein

If I get enough squares made to make up an actual blanket then I’ll put the total together as a project for a medal in Giant Slalom-ghan – the event for Afghans, Blankets, Throws. Can I claim a medal for doing them in Tunisian Crochet – Snow Cross? …”projects that combine knitting and crochet … minimum of 2 crafts combined together”. Nah! I think that’s pushing it.

Oh, I should mention – lest I give the impression that my motivation is all about the Ravelympics Medals – my nephew was born with a Congenital Heart defect and had open heart surgery within a few days of being born. He left Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin not only a healthy, happy baby; but with one of those Heart Children Blankets. I’m thrilled to have a chance to pay this kindness back to whoever it was crocheted that blanket by paying it forward today.

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